An professional development event for those looking to serve safely on
the frontline of emerging infectious diseases.
Sean Kaufman is the CEO and Founding Partner of Safer Behaviors. Before becoming a CEO in 2011, Sean was a Senior Associate and Director of the Science and Safety Training Program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He was responsible for training professionals working in BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories around the world.
Prior to working at Emory University, Sean served in the Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sean has over 25 years of infectious disease experience and his professional highlights include authoring a book titled Prepare and Protect: Safer Behaviors in Laboratory and Clinical Settings (2020); ensuring workforce preparedness and containment compliance the clinical treatment of Ebola in the United States; Congressional Testimony at the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee - CDC Anthrax Laboratory Incident; grief coaching sessions for Malaysian Airlines (MH370) Crew Family Members; Founder of the Leadership Institute for Biosafety Professionals; Honor Award from the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the CDC; three Distinguished Service Awards for efforts related to the SARS outbreak, Anthrax Attacks, and September 11th response efforts from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sean earned an MPH at a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at San Diego State University. He is certified in public health and is an IFBA certified professional in biological risk management.
Dr Mohammed ABID , Head of research department at Pasteur Institute of Morocco in Tangier, post graduate researcher in field of infectious disease and molecular biology diagnosis tools. graduate from university of Mohammed V in Rabat and recruited at Pasteur institute of Morocco in 1994 as a researcher and project manager.
During the period in Pasteur institute of Morocco, I conducted many researches on HIV 1 molecular epidemiology, molecular studies on Tuberculosis strains in Morocco and impact of immigration on TB epidemiology and some food pathogens as staphylococcus aureus and salmonella species . I uses to work in high containment laboratories since 1995 with highly virulent pathogens. I was the first who characterize the HIV1 moroccan strains and describe the epidemiology of HIV 1 Infection in Morocco. This was during the Post Doc project time that I spent in CDC in Atlanta, USA and after which I developped once home , a first molecular retrovirology laboratory in Pasteur institute. A Mutation is registered in my name in “Werner Syndrome Registry” of Georges Washington University Numbered MAR1010.
Once moved to Pasteur Institute of Morocco in Tangier in 2002 , I had the heavy responsibility to set up a department of research and start projects on infectious diseases. Since 2004, my activities are, Head of Genetic Mycobacteria laboratory, Teaching of Infectious Diseases for Physicians of Health Ministry, Organizing meetings and training on emergent diseases in Morocco for private physicians in North Morocco , Project manager " Molecular Diagnostics of salmonella Morocco" Universita di sienza, Sassary, Italy , Project manager "Tuberculosis and Immigration" John Hopkins University, USA , Project manager " First « made in morocco » rapid molecular assay for M.tuberculosis resistant strains” with private Moroccan foundation for advanced sciences, innovation and research, Rabat, Morocco, an event organizer for training on biosafety and biorisk management. And an universitary Teacher of Microbiology ; Epidemiology, Molecular Biology. I was the focal point of the UNICRI project03 « Knowledge development and technology transfert for good practices on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management »that the conducted during 3 years and after that organizing meeting for training the traines on biosafety. . Since 2014, I am the institutional Biosafety Officer for Pasteur Institute of Morocco and had the mission of implementing BRM in his Institute. I am certified in biosafety and biosecurity and a certified trainer By CDC Africa on high containment laboratories certification. I am also a member of the Moroccan CBRN team that wrote the first “Moroccan CBRN plan” in 2014. I am also member of the north African trainer with Sandia laboratories.
I am a BRM certified professional , in biosecurity and biosafety since 2016 from IFBA and a certified trainer on “high containment laboratories” from CDC Africa since 2022.
Recorded Session Available
May 3rd @ 7:00 PM Morocco Time
May 24th @ 7:00 PM Morocco Time
June 14th @ 7:00 PM Morocco Time
July 12th @ 7:00 PM Morocco Time
August 9th @ 7:00 PM Morocco Time